November Publications

Long-germinating grudges blossom into bloody revenge in Ralph McInerny's Green Thumb: A Mystery Set at the University of Notre Dame, the eighth entry in a light series noted for its Irish wit and wisdom. When an eminent Notre Dame alumnus and benefactor drops dead on the sixth green of the old golf course, brothers Philip and Roger Knight end up digging into the tangled roots of long-ago relationships among the class of 1977. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky.(St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95 256p ISBN 0-312-32419-7)

Now ensconced in the Cotswolds village of Carsely, wealthy middle-aged amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin discovers that opening a detective agency isn't as easy as it seems in M.C. Beaton's The Deadly Dance: An Agatha Raisin Mystery , the improbably plotted 15th installment in this English cozy series. Whether deliberate, accidental or unspoken, miscommunication rules—an insistent theme that won't deter Beaton fans but is unlikely to win new readers. Agent, Barbara Lowenstein.(St. Martin's Minotaur, $22.95 224p ISBN 0-312-30436-6)

In Carola Dunn's 13th cozy historical, A Mourning Wedding: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, two murders—the first of the bride's great-aunt, the second of her uncle—upset an aristocratic English wedding. Carefully crafted characters, plenty of plot twists, a high-class setting and an altogether satisfactory conclusion make for top-hole entertainment. Agent, Alice Volpe at Northwest Literary Agency.(St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95 272p ISBN 0-312-32627-0)

Garage-sale addicts will welcome Buried Stuff: A Jane Wheel Mystery, Sharon Fiffer's charming fourth outing to feature the savvy antique collector and part-time sleuth. Some bones found on a farm in Jane's hometown of Kankakee, Ill., lead Jane and her geology professor husband into unearthing more secrets than there are bones at the excavation site, including some about her own mother. Agent, Gail Hochman.(St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95 304p ISBN 0-312-31416-7)

A coat mixup at a mountain restaurant plunges Denver dry cleaner and amateur sleuth Mandy Dyer into a murder case in Dolores Johnson's Taking the Wrap: A Mandy Dyer Mystery , the seventh fast-paced entry in this cozy series. A hair-raising chase through a snowstorm and an unseen assailant in a friend's apartment are just a couple of the obstacles the steadfast Mandy surmounts before the smashing climax. Agent, Meg Ruley at Jane Rotrosen Agency.(St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne, $23.95 256p ISBN 0-312-32115-5)

October Publication

In Find Courtney: A Psychological Thriller by Melissa Clark (Devlyn ), an ordinary Miami college student, Fanoy, wonders why the beautiful, well-to-do Courtney D'Armorault invites her to share a place on the beach. When Courtney fails to return from a jog, Fanoy teams up with her missing roommate's attractive father to look for answers in a steamy, atmospheric tale with a surprise twist or two. Author tour.(Bridge Works, $23.95 240p ISBN 1-8821593-91-X; $15.95 paper ISBN 1-882593-90-1)